Turkey, Iran Islamic alliance pours cold water on U.S. hopes
Strengthening ties between Turkey and Iran are undermining hopes among some U.S. diplomats and commentators who are eager to see Turkey as a NATO partner that will join the United States to work against Tehran, analyst Seth Frantzman said on Tuesday.
"Today, Turkey and Iran are increasingly becoming allies. This alliance is partly about their shared worldviews, which are rooted in political Islam," Frantzman said in an article penned for Jerusalem Post.
Relations between the United States and Turkey have taken a nose-dive recently, especially after Turkey’s acquisition of advanced Russian air defence systems over U.S. objections and Ankara’s targeting of Syrian Kurdish militias allied with the United States in northern Syria.
Meanwhile, Turkey has been forging bonds with Iran against Saudi Arabia and Egypt, as it backs several Islamist groups to gain influence in the Middle East and North Africa, Frantzman said.
"The more Ankara seeks to channel this message of Islamic unity on world issues, the more it appears to be gravitating toward Iran – even though the countries are ostensibly on different sides in Syria," he said.